Papamoa's residents enjoyed a colourful array of performances while sitting around the stage on their picnic blankets.
About 3,000 people are making the most of the night at Gordon Spratt, taking smells and sounds, before the dazzling fireworks kicked off at 9.30pm.
The event, tailored for the local community, encouraged all attendees to come by bike,
walking or sharing a ride down to Gordon Spratt Reserve.Tauranga City Council also set up large trestle tables and bench seats for people to sit and eat.
The all-ages entertainment includes kids' rides, music, games, roving performers, yummy street food, pony rides and a petting zoo.